Books from the Backlog #219

Posted June 23, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 9 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #219They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on June 29, 2021
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense / General
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
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Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems.

Freshman year Jill's best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on.

Now, it's Jill's senior year and she's determined to make it her best yet. After all, she's a senior and a Player--a member of Gold Coast Prep's exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill's year. She's sure of it.

But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham's innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn't kill Shaila, who did? Jill vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.

Why did I add They Wish They Were Us to my bookshelf?

I won a copy of this book on Bookish First and just haven’t had a chance to read it yet. It is just a case of too many books and not enough time right now because I still want to read this book just as much as I ever did. I was going through my bookshelves with my daughter recently trying to find some books that she would enjoy reading this summer when I happened upon this book again. Hopefully, I can work this one in sometime soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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9 responses to “Books from the Backlog #219

  1. I picked one that is pretty much unread for the same reason.

    I like the sound of the suspense angle in your YA. Hope you get the chance soon, Carole.

  2. This has some similarities to the new Ruth Ware The IT Girl with a best friend looking back because the convicted killer may be innocent. The other is a college setting while this is high school. I usually have an easier time with the college settings.